Chemicals React

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"Chemicals React"
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Single by Aly & AJ
from the album Into the Rush (Deluxe Edition)
Released June 27, 2006 (2006-06-27)
Format
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:55
Label Hollywood
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Rock Mafia
Aly & AJ singles chronology
"Rush"
(2005)
"Chemicals React"
(2006)
"Greatest Time of Year"
(2006)
"Rush"
(2005)
"Chemicals React"
(2006)
"Greatest Time of Year"
(2006)
Alternative cover
UK Cover
UK Cover

"Chemicals React" is a pop rock song written and recorded by American pop rock duo Aly & AJ, for the deluxe edition reissue of their debut album Into the Rush (2005). The Mickalka sisters co-wrote the song with Antonina Armato and Tim James of production duo Rock Mafia, who also produced the track. It was the second mainstream single from Into the Rush and fourth overall single, released to radio by Hollywood Records on June 27, 2006.[1] "Chemicals React" served as the group's debut international release.

Release and promotion[edit]

The song was recorded in 2006 for the reissue of the duo's debut album, Into the Rush, which was released in August 2006.[2] "Chemicals React" was released June 15, 2006 as the fourth overall single from the album and first from the Deluxe Edition. Hollywood Records serviced the song to contemporary hit radio in the United States on June 27, 2006.[1] It follows "Rush" as the album's second mainstream single. An extended play containing five tracks and three music videos was released in the United States on in September 2006. The song was released digitally in Europe in May 2007, their first international release.[3]

Aly & AJ recorded a version in Simlish for The Sims 2: Pets, an expansion pack to the popular The Sims game franchise.[4] The Simlish version was released for digital download in the iTunes store on October 31, 2006. A remix of the song was later included on their third studio album Insomniatic (2007).[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Chemicals React" failed to chart on its first release in June 2006, but after its re-release in September 2006, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 70.[6] It reached a peak position of 50 on the chart dated October 10, 2006.[7] "Chemicals React" also charted at number 36 on the magazine's Pop 100 chart, which combines mainstream radio airplay and sales, but failed to enter the Mainstream Top 40 component chart.[8] As of June 2007, the song had sold 175,000 downloads in the United States.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Applebaum and features Aly & AJ performing the song live.[10] It premiered June 29, 2006 on MTV.[11] As of May 2017, the video on Hollywood Records's YouTube account has accumulated over 12,000,000 views.[12] The video for "Chemicals React" is included on the duo's video album, Fav Five - Let Me Repeat That (2007).[13]

A video was also produced for the Simlish version of the song, set in the Sims world and featuring the sisters as Sims characters alongside virtual replicas of their dogs, Saint and Bandit.[4][14] This video is included on the Chemicals React EP and on the Deluxe Edition of Into the Rush.[15][2]

Track listings and formats[edit]

Digital download/Promo CD[16]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Chemicals React" Alyson Michalka, Amanda Michalka, Antonina Armato, Tim James 2:55
Chemicals React (Simlish Version)[17]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Chemicals React (Simlish Version)" Alyson Michalka, Amanda Michalka, Armato, James 2:54
Digital EP[15]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Chemicals React" Alyson Michalka, Amanda Michalka, Armato, James 2:58
2. "Shine" Alyson Michalka, Amanda Michalka, Armato, James, Nick Scapa 3:24
3. "Never Far Behind" Jeremy Bose, Paul Robert Evens, Matt Bronleewe 3:20
4. "Something More" (new version) Alyson Michalka, Amanda Michalka, Carrie Michalka 3:36
5. "Collapsed" (new version) Alyson Michalka 2:54
Total length: 18:12

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 50
US Billboard Pop 100[8] 36

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Version Label Ref.
United States June 15, 2006 Digital download Original Hollywood [16]
July 27, 2006 Contemporary hit radio [1]
September 19, 2006 Digital extended play [15]
October 31, 2006 Digital download Simlish [17]
France May 13, 2007 Original EMI [18]
Germany [19]
United Kingdom [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "FMQB: Radio Industry News". Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Into the Rush [Deluxe Edition] - Aly & AJ | Release Info". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Chemicals React: Aly & AJ: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Totilo, Stephen (August 14, 2006). "Aly & AJ Aren't Speaking Gibberish — It's Just Simlish". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Insomniatic - Aly & AJ | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  6. ^ "All Timberlake, All The Time On Billboard Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. September 21, 2006. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Aly & AJ – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Aly & AJ. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Aly & AJ | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  9. ^ Billboard (Vol. 119, No. 24 ed.). Nielsen Business Media. June 16, 2007. p. 7. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Aly & AJ | Chemicals React | Music Video". CMT. Viacom. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Aly & AJ Gear Up For Aug. 8 Release of 'Into The Rush - Deluxe Edition'". Starpulse. June 26, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  12. ^ Hollywood Records (May 12, 2007). "Aly & AJ - Chemicals React". YouTube. Google. Archived from the original (video) on May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Fav Five - Let Me Repeat That - Fav Five by Aly & AJ". Apple Music. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  14. ^ Billboard (Vol. 118, No. 34 ed.). Nielsen Business Media. August 26, 2006. p. 12. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c "Amazon.com: Chemicals React: Aly & AJ: MP3 Downloads". Amazon Music. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "Release "Chemicals React" by Aly & AJ". MusicBrainz. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "Release "Chemicals React (Simlish Version)" by Aly & AJ". MusicBrainz. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Chemicals React: Aly & AJ: Amazon.fr: Téléchargements MP3". Amazon.fr. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Chemicals React - Aly & AJ: Amazon.de: Digitale Musik - MP3 Download". Amazon.de. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 

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